Cool US Snow Cover Image

Written by on December 12, 2013 in NatGasWeather - No comments

The following is the latest image from the MODIS satellite taken Wednesday.  Because much of the US was cloud free yesterday, we are able to see where snow is covering the ground.  There are two unique snow swaths across the central US where recent storms left snow accumulation but also wasn’t wide enough to cover large areas, leaving gaps, even though some locations were in colder air.  You can also see how much of the west is covered with snowfall, even down to southern Nevada and Arizona, all caused by last weeks Arctic outbreak.  There are some really cool “cloud streets” coming off the warmer waters of the Great Lakes (second image).  With enough instability, these intense lake effect snow bands can put down several inches of snow per hour and only be a mile wide.  It’s easy to tell which direction the wind is blowing based on the lack of clouds along the coastline where the wind is first riding over the warmer waters.  Note, there are some clouds across the country.  Can you tell the areas that have clouds over snow?

 

 

MODIS Satellite Image for Wednesday.

MODIS Satellite Image for Wednesday.

 

A MODIS Image zoomed in on the Great Lakes showing bands of clouds and snowfall on the downwind shores.

A MODIS Image zoomed in on the Great Lakes showing bands of clouds and snowfall on the downwind shores.

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